Title: Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane Series, book #9)
Genre: Historical Romance/ Georgian
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher: Grand Central Pub., Nov 24, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5+
Description from Amazon.com:
SHE’S TAKING CHARGE Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother’s investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London’s premier pleasure garden, Harte’s Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can’t be controlled.
HE’S RUNNING THE SHOW Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn’t have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden’s larger-than-life owner, he’s already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He’s not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.
BUT LOVE CONQUERS ALL In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte’s Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There’s no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .
Another delightful addition to the Maiden Lane series. Eve Dinwoody has a secret in her past that still causes her anxiety. Asa Makepeace has a past that is also fraught with problems and a present that continues with problems. Problems that may cause his death or Eve’s death. She is a sheltered woman and he is a rogue businessman. Two who are polar opposites.
Hoyt always gives us a gritty interpretation of the Georgian era in Britain. This series delves into the dark side of the era with erotic images and nefarious characters; always well written. With bigger than life heroes such as Asa and realistic heroines such as Eve, two troubled characters who find love with each other. The love scenes are definitely erotic. The side characters, human and animal, are well drawn and add to the plot. The sprinkling of characters from previous books is welcome and adds a sense of family to the plot.
I highly recommend this book as a standalone novel but I also suggest you treat yourself to this wonderfully written series.